The new ambulance station, handed over on time, on budget and to a high quality in January 2015, is in the grounds of Borders General Hospital. It replaces the old station in Roxburgh Street that was built in 1976 and provides significantly improved, modern operational facilities for the 34 staff members based there. These include office space, workshop bays, parking, staff changing and kitchen/dining areas.
The new integrated facility allows the Scottish Ambulance Service to improve response times to surrounding communities, as well as encouraging co-location with NHS Borders.
In an effort to retain local training and employment, Morrison Construction, entered into a Joint Venture with Borders Construction – a local construction company – to construct the facility.
“A new high quality ambulance station was delivered on time and on budget, and means that our teams in Melrose now have a purpose built base that provides a modern work environment, with facilities that support clinical development and the continued delivery of the highest standards of patient care.”
Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service.